Andrew Garrison, a graduate of WestConn, has self-published a collection of short stories from various writers on April 17, 2015 called America in Twilight. The writers range from WCSU alumni, current students to professors – new writers to well established.
“The central theme of the work was traveling through America. Maybe it was traveling cross-country or perhaps making a journey of self-discovery,” he explained.
He admits that the process was difficult. “Creating an anthology can be frustrating work. You have so many pieces that need to fit together.”
Fortunately, Andrew garnered emotional support from professors like Dr. John Briggs (retired), Dr. James R. Scrimgeour, and Lou Orfanella, all who’ve contributed to America in Twilight. Andrew received degrees in Professional Writing and History in 2013. He also wrote for The Echo.
So what does he write about?
“Well I always keep a sports blog and movie blog running. This allows me to write almost each day about topics I love. As for fiction, I am working on my first novel; in the editing process with that one. I hope to have that out in the next year.”
Andrew is also currently searching for writers for his second anthology.
“America in Twilight has sold well over 150 copies and growing. It was hard work, but also very rewarding; to see your name in print, to share a story with others. It is an amazing experience and the reason I decided upon my major.’’
When it comes to advice for aspiring writers, Andrew believes in practicing patience. He says “the best works of writing take time. They take many drafts. It is also important that you be realistic about the writing world. You can be published by a big name publisher, but that is hard to do without building some credit first. Even if you publish yourself, you still may need to keep your day job.”
Though most writers love to daydream, which is normal in such a profession, Andrew is all right by it as long as the passion and determination are there. “Go into the world of writing because you have a story to share, you have characters you wish to bring to life. The possibilities are vast, but it will take years of practice and hard work to attain success.”
Last but not least, Andrew advises that creative people “build a trusted network. People who devote themselves to a craft be it writing, art, music, or acting are in a unique line of work; in the business of creation and expression. Embrace the artistic community. It can enhance your work and keep you connected to those who understand the many obstacles one can face. You never know who is going to prove to be an incredible ally in your journey in this world.”
America in Twilight is available in both hard copy and kindle on Amazon, Goodreads, and in the WCSU Haas Library.